Prince William Sound Community College

  • Prince William Sound Community College offers accessible and affordable education to students of all ages, races, cultures, economic levels, and previous educational experience. NO OUT-OF-STATE TUITION. As a public, comprehensive community college, this multi-campus institution offers lower division college transfer, occupational, technical, basic skills, wellness, cultural, and community education programs. Partnerships with business, industry, educational institutions, and public sector agencies provide training opportunities for the local work forces and promote economic development. Through effective teaching and supportive student services, Prince William Sound Community College prepares students for success as individuals, members of a democratic society, and citizens of a rapidly changing world.
School Highlights

School Overview

    Prince William Sound Community College(AK) Community College Avg.
    Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
    Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
    Institution ControlPublicPrivate, for profit

    Student Body

    • The Prince William Sound Community College diversity score of 1.00 is more than the state average of 0.75. The school's diversity has grown by 149% over five years.
    % Asian
    This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Prince William Sound Community College and the percentage of Asian community college students in AK by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
    % Hispanic
    This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Prince William Sound Community College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in AK by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
    % Black
    This chart display the percentage of Black students in Prince William Sound Community College and the percentage of Black community college students in AK by year, with the latest 2011-12 school year data.
    Diversity Score1.000.75
    This chart display the diversity score of Prince William Sound Community College and the community college average diversity score of AK by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
    College Completion Rate
    This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Prince William Sound Community College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of AK by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
    Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$46,600$43,700

    Finances and Admission

      % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (Year 2013)59%77%
      Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2013)$17,286$13,000
      Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2013)$6,500$6,330
      Acceptance Rate (Year 2008)93%93%
      Source: 2013 (or latest year available) IPEDS

      School Notes

      • PWSCC is a part of the University of Alaska system of higher education. Our main campus is located in Valdez, Alaska with outreach sites in both Cordova and Glennallen. Prince William Sound Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. There are general interest and self-improvement courses, seminars, and workshops designed to enrich the quality of living of individuals of all ages. The curriculum is developed based on the expressed interest of community members and includes such topics as business, health and family life, creative arts, professional and personal development, physical education, humanities, public lectures on issues of local/regional concern and a classic film society. On-campus living options include efficiency apartments, single or double occupancy apartments, and single, shared or family two to three bedroom apartments. For virtual photo tours of each style apartment, check out the links below! All apartments are smoke-free. Features include comfortable furniture, telephones, DISH TV, on-site laundry facilities, and a study lounge with computer and printer access and high-speed internet connections. Also provided with each apartment is a computer, microwave, toaster, and/or coffee maker! At Prince William Sound Community College, providing equal opportunities for students who experience disabilities is a campus wide responsibility and commitment. The Student Services Department is responsible for coordinating support services for students who experience disabilities. Students who experience all types of disabilities are eligible for support services. If students request accommodations, documentation verifying the disabling condition and supporting the accommodations requested must be provided. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Student Services Department for more information and assistance. Student Services can assist students in applying for state and federal aid programs. State and Federal governments, PWSCC, and many private organizations offer grants, scholarships, loans, and employment opportunities to students who demonstrate need for such assistance. Each student's financial situation is carefully assessed, taking into consideration family size, assets, income, debts, and estimated costs of attending college. Types and amount of financial aid vary according to State and Federal guidelines, student's needs, and availability of funds. NO OUT-OF-STATE TUITION !!!

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